Pete Thannhauser: Honored for distinguished service to WMU

Pete Thannhauser

Pete Thannhauser, senior laboratory supervisor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is the recipient of the WMU 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

“This is a great and well-deserved honor,” said Dean Houssam Toutanji. “Pete’s significant contribution to our college and WMU as a whole makes a huge difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff. We are fortunate and delighted to have someone like Pete as a colleague.”

Thannhauser joined WMU in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1984. During his nearly 35 years in the college, he has contributed to the research efforts of many faculty members in several departments, assisted many undergraduate students with their senior design projects, and worked with graduate students on projects, theses and dissertations. He was instrumental in upgrading the Applied Aerodynamics Lab, in particular, in wind tunnel control and instrumentation. In addition, Thannhauser has been a Sunseeker team member since 1990, supporting students in the registered student organization. Outside of Western, he also has served as a devoted mentor to the national award-winning Stryke Force First Robotics team from 2014-2017, mentoring high school students from throughout the county from five different school systems.

Thannhauser was chosen from nominees across campus who have demonstrated exceptional service in areas that reflect innovative and effective programming, increase WMU's stature or extend WMU's impact and presence into the larger community.

He will receive a recognition plaque inscribed with his name and a check for $2,000 at Fall Convocation on Friday, Sept. 14.  A second plaque in his name will be added to the 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient collection at the Bernhard Center.